Meaddlemass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Meaddlemass is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the place name Middlemass, a district near Kelso in the Borders region of Scotland, so named from northern Middle English word "midelmast," meaning "middlemost."
Alternatively, the name be from Michaelmas, denoting the season or day that the child was born.   
Early Origins of the Meaddlemass family
The surname Meaddlemass was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat at Middlemarsh.  
Middlemarsh is also a tything, in the parish of Mintern-Magna, union of Cerne, hundred of Cerne, Totcombe, and Modbury, Cerne division of Dorset. 
Early records in England are scarce but we did find on record of Thomas de Meddelmersee in 1297. 
So we must look to Scotland for early entries for the family. "The Middlemasses were vassals and tenants of the district around Kelso, and derived their surname from 'lie Middlemestlands in villa et territorio de Calco,' mentioned in 1029. William de Meldiemast who petitioned for a benefice in the gift of the abbot of Kelso, 1406 (Pap. Pet., I, p. 624) was probably Schir Wilyeam Myddilmast, the 'lwvit chapellain' of Archibald de Douglas, earl of Wigtoun, vicar of Selkirk in the first quarter of the fifteenth century." 
Early History of the Meaddlemass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meaddlemass research. Another 350 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1439, 1495, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1567, 1652, 1537, 1425, 1611, 1742, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1665, 1670, 1674, 1513, 1590, 1603, 1629 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Meaddlemass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meaddlemass Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Meaddlemass has been spelled many different ways, including Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Meaddlemass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meaddlemass family to Ireland
Some of the Meaddlemass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meaddlemass family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Meaddlemasss to arrive in North America: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.
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